Portage District Library Art Exhibits

The library hosts art exhibits by local artists of all ages. Exhibits are usually up between four and six weeks and may include artist receptions, music, and art demonstrations. We have four primary gallery spaces in the library: The Community Art Gallery is located on the east wall of the Atrium and also includes the entrance ramp and stairwell. The Solo Gallery takes up the north end of the Atrium. The Lower Level Gallery incorporates the entry space into the Youth Department and meeting rooms. The Local History and Culture Gallery includes featured display cases on our Upper Level.

Art Exhibits

Community Art Experience

What Do You See in this Painting? An Interactive Poetry Experience
Explore your poetic side by viewing a painting at the library and writing a poem inspired by it. A gorgeous triptych painting by local artist Anna Barnhart will be on display from early March until the end of April. You will have the opportunity to write a poem inspired by the painting and read it for the chance to win prizes at our “The Poem in You” Ekphrastic Poetry Reading on April 24 at 7 pm. For more information, contact Katharyn Jones | kjones@portagelibrary.info | 269-585-8711

Community & Solo Art Galleries

Experience the beautiful paintings of the Kalamazoo Chinese Painting Club in our art galleries from sometime in early March to the end of April. Instructor Huaming Wang teaches a variety of ages the art of Chinese painting with ink, color, a special type of Chinese brush 毛筆(mao bi), and distinctive paper 宣紙(xuan zhi). These stunning examples of traditional landscape and freehand painting are not to be missed.

Local History & Culture Gallery

Irish History and Heritage Display
Beginning on March 4, experience a glimpse into Irish history and culture with this display of items from Portage resident, Mary Murphy. Including artifacts like a hurling stick and Waterford crystal, you will feel like you have stepped onto a small piece of the Emerald Isle when viewing the exhibit. This display will be featured at PDL from early March to late April.

Remembering 50 Years of Service, Valor, and Sacrifice: A Vietnam War Veterans Day Display
Reflect on the sacrifice of those who served in the Vietnam War with this display featuring items on loan to the library by an esteemed Portage resident. Vietnam Veterans Day is recognized on March 29.

More Information

For more information about the art exhibits at Portage District Library, please contact the Art Exhibit Coordinator:

Katharyn Jones | kjones@portagelibrary.info | 269-585-8711

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